Today’s EHR and HIT news includes updates from ADP Advanced MD on their new iPhone App and news from Greenway on becoming the first Ambulatory Health IT provider to join Healtheway and support eHealth Exchange. [Read more…]
DoctorBase.com has announced the release of the latest iteration of its cloud-based, mobile medical software, Panda 6. This latest release enters the market with integrations to 14 legacy patient portals and extensive enhancements to its HIPAA-compliant secure mobile messaging platform that achieved 12.5% patient usage in extensive beta trials.
“Since the release of Stage 2 Requirements for Meaningful Use, physicians have struggled to meet the 5% patient usage requirement set forth by the EHR Incentive Program, said DoctorBase Chief Medical Officer Zach Landman. “Our task was to cross that threshold, and our tool was the smartphone.”
Recent surveys have show that 90% of patients are open to using mobile health apps and 62% of doctors report using iPads and tablets. Panda 6 is built on a mobile friendly architecture that works on any Android or iOS device, making it the first truly mobile platform for patient engagement.
“The new Panda lets me connect with my patients the way I connect with friends on Facebook—all from an iPhone or iPad,” said Kimberly Cockerham, MD. “My staff and patients just started using it without any training.”
The platform is now pushing nearly 7,000 messages between patients and doctors per day.
For larger IPAs and ACOs, Panda 6 patient portal integrations provide a Mobile Wrapper [Read more…]
drchrono has announced that they have been ranked the top EHR for iPad by physicians in Black Book Ranking’s 2013 survey. They are also making the full survey findings available for free (see below for the link) to physicians. Black Book, one of the largest independent technology services and market opinion research companies with a dedicated healthcare division, ranked drchrono the top EHR for the iPad based on a survey of 485 EHR vendors used by 16,623 physicians in the United States.
“This survey confirms what I already knew to be true,” said Dr. Bill Metaxas, surgeon and owner of the Foot and Ankle Institute of San Francisco. “drchrono is the best EMR and Practice Management system and it runs seamlessly on the best platform, the Apple iPad.”
Physicians ranked drchrono the top overall EHR for iPad as well as the top iPad EHR for data management and processing, order and entry management, and decision support and results management. drchrono was also ranked first in 10 of the 18 key performance indicators (KPIs) and was the only EHR to achieve “Overwhelming Satisfaction” of all 18 KPIs.
The Black Book report also includes a synopsis of the current state of the EHR industry [Read more…]
Shareable Ink and Resolute Anesthesia and Pain Solutions have announced the nationwide expansion of Shareable Ink’s Anesthesia Cloud for iPad. Resolute’s initial deployment of Shareable Ink’s innovative iPad solution at its Boca Raton Outpatient Surgery and Laser Center demonstrated reduction in unnecessary staff time, improved capture of new quality reporting metrics required by CMS, and better physician and patient satisfaction. As a result, Resolute will standardize use on Shareable Ink’s iPad solution at their facilities in Florida, Illinois and Missouri.
“Shareable Ink is incredibly easy to use! Our physicians and customers love it because we are able to complete clinical and administrative documentation for all patients in real-time, greatly reducing costly delays,” said Dr. Harvey Plosker, a founding partner of Resolute. “With Anesthesia Cloud for iPad, we’ve achieved an unprecedented 100 percent provider acceptance, which is essential to any successful IT initiative.”
With its latest iPad solution, Shareable Ink continues to focus on easy to use solutions that maintain or improve physician [Read more…]
Epocrates remains the dominant medical application on physicians’ mobile devices in 2013 according to the recently released Manhattan Research Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2013 annual study of physicians’ technology adoption and behavior.
Taking the Pulse U.S. is Manhattan Research’s annual market research study and syndicated advisory service focused on how U.S. physicians use the Internet, digital media, mobile devices and other technologies for professional purposes and patient interaction. The study, which is done annually, was taken in Q1 among more than 3,000 physicians. Relevant findings from the Taking the Pulse U.S. study include:
- Epocrates is the most popular medical application on both smartphone (70 percent) and tablet (50 percent) devices among U.S. physician app users
- Thirty-four percent of physicians using Epocrates on a smartphone launch the app [Read more…]
As the first EHR to work with the Mayo Clinic, drchrono has developed a way to take the digitized patient educational material provided by Mayo and to allow doctors to share the information with patients in an efficient and paperless way.
We’ve all had the experience of leaving the doctors office with a pamphlet filled with information we’re expected to read and understand. In many cases those pamphlets go directly into a health folder filled with information and medical bills for later reference.
One of the major benefits of this partnership between drchrono and the Mayo Clinic is that physicians can now distribute the information contained in those pamphlets electronically, to the devices their patients prefer to read on, making it much more likely that the material will be consumed.
With the distribution of patient educational material now a meaningful use component it’s even more important to provide information that patients will actually read or watch. According to Michael Nusimow, CEO of drchrono, “If you’re using an iPad, and you’re seeing this information displayed as a beautiful full color document or a hi-resolution video, from a trusted source like the Mayo Clinic, it’s a great visual experience. Since we’re all such visual creatures it can significantly increase patient compliance.”
The inclusion of Mayo Clinic educational material in the drchrono electronic health record [Read more…]
DoctorBase.com, a service allowing physicians to offer their patients secure, medically oriented smartphone access, has announced that they have surpassed three million patients and more than 9,000 healthcare providers on its platform. They also announced a free version of their product will be available to licensed providers in the U.S. starting today.
Created by former developers from Five9 and LiveJournal, working with a team of primary care doctors and specialists ranging from OB/GYN to Oncology, San Francisco-based DoctorBase believes that mHealth-as-a-Service is the solution to expensive, cumbersome patient portals that have failed to gain traction with either providers or patients.
“Mobile is changing everything,” said John Sung Kim, CEO of DoctorBase.com. “Now that health systems are starting to wake up to the benefits of cloud computing and the Internet, they’re so late to the party that it’s no longer about that paradigm – patients across all demographics now use smartphones as their primary connectivity device. That’s leaving both doctors and patients communicating with each other in non-HIPAA compliant, unsecured ways such as email and text for the simple sake of convenience.”
DoctorBase believes they are among the first of what they believe will be a new wave of mHealth companies – those offering mobile communications platform without the need for IT and with user experiences that require little training for medical staff while being accessible to “baby boomer patients.”
James Londyn, a medical doctor in Dallas said, “I just had a patient message me with a picture through DoctorBase. She was going to take her son to the ER and I quickly saw that it was not a medical emergency and was able to message her back quickly while she was on the go. We just saved the system $1,500 and this [Read more…]
The following is a guest post by Ashley Perry Rodrigue, Healthcare Ambassador for Lenovo.
The number one priority for physicians will always be patient care. With modern technology and legislation that requires digital records the definition of patient care has expanded beyond the traditional medical meaning and now also must include the protection of patient privacy.
Physician use of mobile devices is quickly evolving from a trend to a necessity: in 2012, 44 percent of doctors reported using tablets in the workplace daily. Mobile devices like tablets allow caregivers access to their applications whether they are in a patient room, their office or at home – and if optimized for input, can result in a positive user and patient experience.
However, tablets present a different set of security concerns than PCs, including easier opportunity for physical theft, data vulnerability, user access to uncontrolled apps, and more. Yet security is something that hospitals and health systems simply cannot sacrifice. If patient files are misplaced, misused or stolen, consequences can include job and reputation loss. The results of Ponemon Institute’s 2012 Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security found that almost every hospital surveyed suffered one data breach, and 45 percent suffered more than five over the past two years. Of those, breaches due to lost or stolen mobile devices such as tablets or phones accounted for 18 percent, up from 7 percent in 2011.
At the same time, the Department of Health & Human Services is expanding its information security provisions. In January 2013, HIPAA introduced the “final omnibus rule,” a new, tiered penalty structure [Read more…]
The Interaction Design Association, Interaction Awards, has selected Practice Fusion for the iPad as the best entry for their Optimizing category during the IxDA 2013 Interaction Awards in Toronto last week. The free EMR company’s iPad interface was recognized for its ability to increase the efficiency of clinical workflow management for medical professionals across the nation.
Practice Fusion and leading user experience firm Cooper teamed up to develop a unique, innovative solution that allows medical professionals to access medical records on the go. Practice Fusion for the iPad took the top spot over a list of prominent competitors including My Ford Mobile by IDEO, Nike+ FuelBand by R/GA, and Freshbooks for iPhone by Freshbooks.
“We aimed to design something not just attractive and elegant but truly tailored to the natural workflow of doctors and their medical office,” said Nick Myers, Managing Director, Design at Cooper. “The honor of winning IxDA’s recognition is matched only by the satisfaction of knowing that we’re improving the quality of care for patients–and making a real impact [Read more…]
MacPractice has announced the launch of the MacPractice Clipboard 4.2 App for iPad and iPad mini. All of the apps work with MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 desktop practice management and clinical software to streamline patient registration for US users. The new product also enables doctors’ offices to use customized template forms for the first time.
“The MacPractice Clipboard 4.2 App pre-fills patients’ forms for verification and completion by them on the iPad or iPad mini,” said Mark Hollis, MacPractice CEO. “Patients register, provide intake information and their medical and social history, sign release forms, and take their own photo, all using Clipboard. Once patients review a summary of what they have entered and are satisfied, they tap a button on the screen to automatically send all their information into the office’s MacPractice software.
“Patients love that Clipboard eliminates the necessity of providing the same information multiple times [Read more…]